Testing and Facilities

In-depth, research-based product testing standards and rigorous testing ensure robust products.

We test and Approve property loss prevention products with one overarching goal in mind: to verify that they work each and every time they are used. Products with the FM APPROVED certification mark adhere to the highest standards in quality, technical integrity and performance.

To that end, our testing process is rigorous. It requires state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories. The FM Global Research Campus has the finest research and product testing laboratories in the world. Each of our laboratories focuses on a unique aspect of property loss prevention, and all of our facilities are designed with property loss prevention products and emerging industry trends in mind.

We put products to the absolute test—to verify they will perform whenever they are called upon to do so.

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    About our Campus

    The world-class, 1,600-acre, (648 ha) state-of-the-art FM Global Research Campus in West Glocester, RI, USA is where FM Approvals tests products against our own research-based, robust product testing standards.

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    Building Materials Testing

    In FM Approvals’ Fire Technology and Natural Hazards Laboratories, our staff rigorously test and certify products that can limit fire spread and enable buildings to withstand the elements.

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    Electrical Systems Testing

    FM Approvals rigorously tests electrical equipment used in hazardous locations or explosive atmospheres in our Electrical Hazards Laboratory as well as detection system performance in our Detection Laboratory.

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    Fire Protection Testing

    In our Fire Technology and Hydraulics Laboratories, FM Approvals rigorously tests fire protection equipment, including sprinklers, water mist and fire extinguishing systems.

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